As soon as you leave Mt Beauty the ascent starts on this sometimes daunting climb, so be prepared to work from the get go. Don’t let the distance scare you though, as around halfway up the 32km climb there’s a nice downhill section to recover as you enter Bogong Village.
A tip I gave Craig Mottram when riding with him last season was to get right out of the saddle at times to keep your momentum up. The gradient of this climb is constantly changing making it difficult to maintain a rhythm and requiring the use all of your gears. When you arrive at the toll gates you know that you’re nearing the end and the village will begin to appear through the trees in a couple of kilometres.